Phillies lose to Mets in rain-shortened game

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 22, 2013
The way the Phillies were building momentum, they might have won Saturday night had the rain not gotten in their way. David Wright and Daniel Murphy hit solo home runs and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 5-4 Saturday night in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain. ''It's a tough way to take a loss, a rain-shortened game,'' Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. ''The guys battled back, they just came up short in a short game.'' The teams played in the rain before the game was halted, and it was called after a wait of 1 hour, 28 minutes. The Phillies had scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one before the game was called. ''The rain kind of helped us out because they obviously had a lot of momentum going into the later part of the game,'' Wright admitted. Wright connected for the third consecutive game and second straight day since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than a month. He has the most homers by any visiting player at Citizens Bank Park with 19. Wright drew a walk with one out in the seventh, heading to first base as the Phillies were already coming off the field because of the rain delay. ''Before the game they said there could be some rain, or maybe some bands, but it all filled in,'' Sandberg said. ''The mindset was to get nine innings in.'' The Mets have won five of their last six series in Philadelphia. Murphy broke a 1-all tie with a homer in a four-run sixth. His 12th homer of the season tied a career high set in 2009. Juan Lagares chased Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd (2-6) from the game with a two-run triple in the sixth. Lagares was 1 for 31 at the plate before the hit. Dillon Gee (12-10) yielded four runs on seven hits with a walk while going the distance. Cloyd lasted just five-plus innings for Philadelphia and allowed five runs and six hits, walking two and hitting a batter. ''He seems to struggle sometimes seeing the lineup the second time,'' Sandberg said. ''He'll have another chance to pitch.'' In his last four starts, Cloyd has surrendered 22 runs in 19 innings. ''I wish I could figure it out,'' Cloyd said. ''I'll keep continuing to work on everything I need to work on.'' Domonic Brown singled in the second, made it to third on Darin Ruf's infield hit and scored on a sacrifice fly, barely avoiding catcher Travis d'Arnaud's tag. ''He's running good. He's 100 percent,'' Sandberg said. ''He did some good baserunning tonight and set up the first run.'' Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley hit consecutive doubles in the sixth to spark a three-run inning. Carlos Ruiz picked up an RBI groundout and Utley scored on a wild pitch. NOTES: Before the game, fans gave a loud ovation for Charlie Manuel, who was not present but received the Phillies' Dallas Green Award for Special Achievement. Manuel won his 1,000th career game as manager days before he was fired on Aug. 16. Rollins and Utley accepted the award in his absence. ... In the series finale and the Phillies' final home game of the year on Sunday, LHP Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) will oppose Mets RHP Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.48).
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